By browsing our blog New Music Fridays, you have come to understand that the history that led to the development of acoustic and electric guitars as we know them today is rich, significant, impressive and international.
It is truly mind-blowing to think that the string instruments that were played even before the common era evolved constantly across centuries, generations and nations. But what are the absolute staples of our contemporary guitar collection? Two inventions simply cannot be forgotten.
The Gibson L-5
The Gibson L-5 was first released in 1923 and, to this day, it is known in the music world as the first masterpiece. Icons like Maybelle Carter, West Montgomery, Eric Clapton and John Mayer have played the Gibson L-5.
The Maybelle Carter’s L-5 is currently on display at the Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame.
The model was designed to be played in orchestra music and was the first guitar with 14 frets on its neck and a truss rod that could be adjusted. Crafted first as an acoustic instrument, electric variations of the Gibson L-5 started being produced during the 1950s, the era of the advent of the first Fender and Gibson electric guitars.
By that time, the Gibson L-5 was considered the ultimate best rhythm guitar to be played in big band music.
The Fender Telecaster
The Fender Telecaster, known first as the Esquire or Broadcaster was the very first electric guitar in history to fulfil all the criteria in order to be unanimously called such. The instrument was released by Fender in 1950.
Almost every successful musician who plays the guitar has achieved the dream of playing one of these gems.
The Telecaster was produced on a mass scale and was meant to be simple, classic and pure. The solid body guitar is easy to play and stripped-down. The amazing quality in sound immediately raised the expectations of all enthusiasts about anything else Fender would produce afterwards.
Luckily for the company, the standards that were set right from the beginning have been met time and time again.
Other absolutely iconic and groundbreaking guitars that shook the music landscape as soon as they were released are the 1933 Martin D-45, the 1952 Gibson Les Paul, the 1954 Fender Stratocaster and the 1958 Gibson Flying V.